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Heavy snow closes roads to Troodos, freezing weather continues

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All roads leading to Troodos were closed to most vehicles on Saturday morning as snow and frost remained heavy in the area.

Police announced that the Platres – Troodos, Karvounas – Troodos and Prodromos – Troodos roads would only be open to four-wheel drive vehicles and those equipped with snow chains.

Other mountain roads remained open, namely Kakopetria – Karvounas, Kakopetria – Pinewood, Pedhoulas – Prodromos, Pedhoulas – Kykkos, Pedhoulas – Platres, Kakopetria – Spilia, and Prodromos – Lemythou – Kampos – Stavros tis Psokas – Moutoulas – Pedhoulas.

Also open were the Pentalia – Panayia road in the Paphos district and the Pera Pedi – Platres, Kyperounda – Karvounas and Ayios Theodoros – Papoutsa roads in Limassol district.

Police said that no issues were reported in the rest of the road network, but urged drivers to drive carefully and keep a safe distance from other vehicles as roads are slippery as a result of rain.

A later announcement added that due to increased traffic in the area, police crews were regulating the flow of vehicles towards the mountains “to keep traffic running smoothly and maintain the public’s safety”.

Drivers were therefore urged to be patient and follow police instructions.

 They also reminded that the situation can change at any moment, and advised that the public consult updates on under the ‘road network’ category, the police Twitter and Facebook accounts as well as the Cyprus Police (Astynomia Kyprou) application.

According to the met office, more snow and sleet are expected throughout the day and through the night in mountainous areas and might reach semi-mountainous areas, while frost is expected as well. In addition, isolated showers are expected in some areas inland.

The temperature will reach 11C inland, 13C on the coast and around -2C on mountain peaks. Overnight it is expected to fall to -1C inland, 3C along the south eastern coast, 5C along the northwest, and -8C in the mountains.

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